Integrating Construction Technologies to Enhance the Value of Design Deliverables

In this Viewpoint article, Graham Twigg, CTO of Multivista, emphasizes the importance of integrating visual as-built data directly into the BIM models created for a project by the design team for real-time validation and a more accurate representation of the building through each phase of construction. Integrating data from different construction solutions with BIM models allows a true digital twin of the completed building to be created, which would be a valuable resource throughout its lifecycle.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2019/issue_89.html

Modeling a Waffle Structure in Rhino and Grasshopper

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Waffle structures are used in several design fields including architecture to construct complex, organic forms. In this Tips and Tricks article, Mark Loomis, Principal at MP Studio, who is keenly interested in 3D modeling, parametric modeling and generative design shows how to use a Grasshopper script to model a waffle structure, using its algorithmic design capabilities to automate the process and allow parameters such as the spacing and the width of the ribs of the structure to be adjusted just by moving a number slider.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/tipsandtricks/2018/issue84-rhino.html

Fueling Corporate Growth at Mead & Hunt with VDI Cloud Workstations

In this Viewpoint article, Andy Knauf, Chief Information Officer of the architectural-engineering Mead & Hunt, describes how the use of a cloud-native virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution helped his firm meet its aggressive growth target by allowing its architects, engineers, designers, as well as the technical teams that support them, to collaborate at cloud scale and speed, in real time, from anywhere in the world.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2018/issue_88.html

BIM-Integrated Issue Management

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In this Viewpoint article, Erik Pijnenburg, CEO of KUBUS BV, discusses the importance of integrated and centralized BIM issue management, not only to improve the quality of BIM data, but also of the design process in AEC.

Integrated issue management enables multi-disciplinary design teams to improve early design knowledge-sharing. In later phases, clash detection or advanced model checking is helpful for quality assurance, but being able to find clashes without a structured way to get them solved does not guarantee high quality model-data. Without integrated BIM issue management, projects will continue to deal with issues on an ad hoc basis and will never reach a point where the data has no defects anymore before construction starts. A dedicated issue-management tool that can organize and help to resolve the large number of issues in AEC projects is essential to creating the high-quality BIM data for successfully executing these projects.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2018/issue_87.html

BIM and Blockchain

In 2008, a seemingly modest proposal was made to make secure electronic cash transactions directly between interested parties. Called Bitcoin, it is now a worldwide phenomenon with the potential to disrupt money as we know it. But what exactly is Bitcoin and why should we in the AEC technology industry care about it?

In this article, Jim Forester, a long-time AEC technology veteran and enthusiast, attempts to shed some light on the underlying concepts of Bitcoin technology, Blockchain, and how it is immediately applicable to many aspects of built environment projects as well as the BIM technologies used to realize them.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2018/issue_84.html